Officers from Warwickshire Police are working alongside the Central Motorway Police Group and officers from Eastern Europe as part of a national operation to identify and tackle foreign criminals using the UK road network to commit crime.
Police officers from Romania, Lithuania and Poland have arrived in the UK to join the campaign, which is aimed at catching travelling criminals who use the roads to avoid detection and move around the country.
The offences travelling criminals are believed to commit range from shoplifting, fraud, metal theft including stealing catalytic converters from vehicles to burglary, supply and importation of drugs, money laundering and human trafficking for prostitution.
Superintendent Lee Davenport said Head of Policing Operations for Warwickshire and West Mercia Police said: “We are pleased to be able to support this national operation and activity within Warwickshire and West Mercia is already well underway. We are working closely with our European colleagues and neighbouring police forces to ensure we detect, prevent and convict those responsible for all types of crime across the country. We will continue to target anyone suspected of using the roads to commit crime.”
Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group are patrolling the area to identify suspect vehicles at the heart of the country’s infrastructure.
Officers are using various means of intelligence to stop suspected foreign vehicles, checks are then made to establish if the occupants are wanted by police in the UK or in their home country.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball said: “Warwickshire’s geographic position places us at the hub of the motorway and major trunk road networks. I’m pleased to see Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police cooperating with our overseas colleagues in this international operation.